Is it against the Rules of Golf to carry a spare ball in your pocket? Well, the simple answer is no.
What do I mean by that?
- Inform your playing partner you have a spare ball.
- Ensure that the ball is marked up and preferably a different ball type and markings to the one you are playing.
- A good idea is to make your spare ball a yellow one. This will ensure that you don’t switch them accidentally in your pocket whilst putting and incur penalty strokes.
- It will also ensure that your playing partners do not think it suspicious when you discover your ‘original’ ball after a 4 minute 50 seconds search in two feet of thick grass!!
Most players at Parklands are never more than a few feet away from their bags/trolleys. There is little justification or need to carry the spare ball in your pocket. The exceptions are teeing from the 15th and the 17th where I regularly carry a spare ball to the tee, declaring such to my playing partners.